Women’s Tennis Finds Stride After Loss

Women’s tennis had another weekend of mixed results. They took on Bucknell on Saturday and Lehigh on Sunday, both at the Turning Stone Resort, in Verona, N.Y.

The Colgate-Bucknell matchup was a tough loss for the Raiders. The women lost by just one point in a close 3-4 competition. Colgate started the day with a doubles point loss, with only duo junior Alex Petrini and first-year Lexi Lazares claiming a win against their

Bucknell opposition.

In singles play, however, the women were more successful, almost securing the win. Still, the Bucknell Bison took the first and second spots by defeating junior Kelsey Shea in the top spot, and Petrini in the second.

Sophomore Kelsey Wanheinen got Colgate the first win of the day in the third spot, defeating her Bison opponent 6-1, 6-3. First-year

Jennifer Ho followed her teammate Wanheinen’s lead, and secured a fourth spot win, beating her competition after a three-set battle 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Senior Merideth Rock took the fifth spot, crushing her adversary 6-3, 6-4. Unfortunately, after much effort, first-year Katie Grant relinquished the sixth spot match to her Bucknell opponent in an incredibly close 5-7, 6-7 match.

Sunday was Senior Day against Lehigh, and the women came out guns ablazing, ready to claim a win for their four-year veterans. They started the day with a doubles point win, already an improvement from the day before.

Partners Shea and Rock did not win their match in the top doubles spot, but their teammates pulled through in the other two matches. Petrini and Lazares had an extremely close match against their Lehigh adversaries, eventually coming out on the better side of a

9-8 win.

Ho and senior Jackie Finn also earned a win with an 8-3 success in the third

doubles spot.

Although they let the first two singles matches slide in Lehigh’s favor, the women soon proved that they came

to play.

Wanheinen defeated her competition in a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the third position, and Ho conquered her opposition 6-3, 6-0 in the fourth spot. Rock and Grant rounded out the team’s win with dual-triumphs in the fifth and sixth spots, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-2,

6-1 respectively.

“This was a huge conference win on senior day for our ladies, especially Merideth and Jackie. It was a great accomplishment to have double-digit wins and finish strong,” coach Bobby Pennington said. “These women left it all on the court this weekend.”

It’s been a great season for Raider tennis thus far. The women stand with a 10-5 record with a few matches left. Next week, they will take on SUNY Cortland at home in a non-league contest.

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